Using 14-3 vs 14-2 NM Cable


Old 01-31-07, 09:44 PM
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Probably a strange question, but....

Would it be within code to use 14-3 NM Cable for a branch circuit (lighting) where 14-2 was actually all that was required, cutting off the extra hot wire (red)? I have a good supply of 14-3 but will have to buy some 14-2 for my wiring projects and money is tight.


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Old 01-31-07, 09:47 PM
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Use it, thats fine. A good waist of wire, but you have it. Do not exceed a 15Amp breaker. Do not cut off the extra. save it you may need it. cap it and tuck it away.
Old 01-31-07, 09:50 PM
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you can use the 14-3 without any probem but i will be wise to save the red wire in case in future you may change the lighting arrament

this will be a nice plus if you plan to install the ceiling fan with light [ that will come very handy later date and this is common pratice i done that ]

Merci , Marc

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